Chances for Children-NY works in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty and inadequate access to family support services. Among our clients are parents who suffer from environmental and stress-related problems such as anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. CFC serves children with a range of difficulties including sleep and feeding problems, separation anxiety, attachment disorder, post-traumatic stress, and behavior disorders. Our clients include parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, foster parents, and extended families.
Chances for Children-NY provides training locally, nationally, and internationally. We train service providers such as psychologists, social workers, parent educators, and directors of clinical and early childhood programs, who wish to give their clients the best in strength-based, evidence-based practice.
Families have different needs and come to CFC from different sources
Word of mouth from one mother to another:
- Ms. Nunez learned about CFC’s parent-baby groups in the playground while talking with other mothers. A recent immigrant, she felt isolated and was excited to have a place to take her baby. Later Ms. Nunez referred her neighbor whose child cried inconsolably whenever his mother left him with another caregiver.
Daycare and preschool referrals:
- Four-year-old Cesar was about to be expelled from pre-school for disruptive behavior. It was suggested that he had attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and should be medicated. The school referred Cesar to Chances for Children-NY.
- Four-year-old Cynthia was talkative at home but would neither speak nor play with anyone in preschool, even after attending for three months. Her teacher referred her to Chances for Children-NY.
- A mother had lost her two young children to foster care because of drug addiction. In trying to regain custody of her children, she completed a drug rehabilitation program, was mandated for parenting services, and referred to Chances for Children-NY.
- A father, separated from his children by divorce, sought custody when the mother lost the children to foster care in the wake of family violence. He was referred to CFC for support and parent guidance.
Hospitals, WIC offices, Pediatricians
- A pediatric nurse, worried about a new mother’s apparent depression and lack of connection with her baby, made a referral to CFC.
- An isolated teen mother with little family support was referred to CFC for services and guidance.